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Top three World Car contenders revealed

Three finalists in each of five categories, including overall, announced at Geneva

Published: March 4, 2014, 4:00 PM

Jens Meiners - World Car Awards - Geneva

The top three finalists for the World Car Awards, in five different categories including overall World Car of the Year, were announced today at a press conference at the Geneva International Motor Show.

In addition to World Car of the Year, the other categories included World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year.

In alphabetical order by manufacturer, the finalists in each category are:

World Car of the Year:

- Audi A3

- BMW 4 Series

- Mazda3

World Luxury Car:

- Bentley Flying Spur

- Mercedes-Benz S-Class

- Range Rover Sport

World Performance Car:

- Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

- Ferrari 458 Speciale

- Porsche 911 GT3

World Green Car:

- Audi A3 Sportback g-tron (+ Audi e-gas)

- BMW i3

- Volkswagen XL1

World Car Design of the Year:

- BMW i3

- Mazda3

- Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Today's press conference was hosted by Bridgestone Corporation and the New York International Auto Show.

The overall winners in all categories will be announce at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

Now in their tenth year, the annual World Car Awards are now the number one automotive awards program in the world in terms of media coverage, according to the international media research and analysis firm. Prime Research.

To be eligible for the overall World Car award, the candidates must become available for sale on at least two continents during the period beginning January 1, 2013 and ending May 30, 2014.

Vehicles are selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprised of 69 top-level automotive journalists from twenty-two countries around the world.

The awards are administered by a non-profit association, under the guidance of a Steering Committee of automotive journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America.